Monday, November 26, 2007

The Bright Side of the Malibu Fires

In the face of a tragedy, it seems to help to look for the bright side.

Though it’s true that 49 homes were lost in the most recent Malibu fires, many of them multimillion-dollar, ranch-style mansions, including one belonging to Flea, bass player for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, it could have been worse. There could have been more homes involved and, at least, Paul Mc Cartney who's got enough trouble, wasn't among the musicians affected.

Pre-deployed firefighters responded quickly and worked tirelessly. They were well equipped and gained the upper hand on Sunday against a fierce wildfire, which allowed residents to return and assess the damage. Pets were lost, but it could have been worse: no people lost their lives.

Officials called it the worst fire to strike Malibu in 15 years. Six firefighters suffered injuries, but they were mild. It could have been worse: Nobu still stands and nobody had to sit on rooftops and wait for help from FEMA.

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